Heavy Lift Specialist

About me

 

About the Author

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My name is Richard Krabbendam. I have worked more than 22 years as Heavy Lift Specialist with Jumbo Shipping, a Rotterdam based Heavy Lift Shipping Company and market leader in the field of heavy transport over seas. Since I retired from Jumbo in 2011, I  have  entered a new phase of my working career, and keep myself busy in transferring my experience and “Know How” by means of 2- ,3- , or 4 Day Seminars/Masterclasses “Heavy Transport, Lifting, Shipping & Offshore”. In addition, I work as Free Lance Consultant for the Heavy Transport, Lifting, Shipping and Offshore Industry.

I started my career 43 years ago after my study at the University of Technology in Delft as a mechanical engineer. In 1973, I started working with Big Lift in Dordrecht. In 1979 we booked a large contract with Aramco in Dahran, Saudi Arabia for all transport and lifting work for the newly to be constructed NGL Facilities in Yanbu, at the Red Sea. This project involved the transport and lifting work of all Petrochemical columns up to a max. weight of 748 Ton. Thereafter we continued with all transport work for Aramco in the Eastern Province of Saudi Arabia. This contract was executed by the newly founded joint venture Alatas-Big Lift.

End 1979 Big Lift was taken over by Mammoet Transport and 6 months later, I founded together with a good friend and colleague of mine Joop Roodenburg the Engineering Consultancy firm ITREC. ITREC stands for International Transport & Rigging Engineering Consultants and in those days, I worked a great deal for Van Seumeren as heavy lift transport- and lifting specialist. The first great success was booked with the contract for the expansion of the Esso Flexicoker project in the Europoort, near Rotterdam. After 7 years of hard work, I decided to change my career again from joint owner/director of ITREC, and go back to the heavy lift transport- and lifting branch as employee and started working for an old client of mine: Van Seumeren. ITREC then merged with Huisman, specialist in the design and construction of mast cranes, offshore pipe lay systems and amusement park rides.

After 2 years working with van Seumeren with great pleasure, whereby we both have learned a lot from each other, Jumbo Shipping asked me in 1989 to join them and set up a so called Jumbo Land department, part of Jumbo Logistics, who takes care of the transport of heavy lifts from the vessel up to foundation. I was responsible for the organization and execution of complex lifting- and transport projects. Particularly in Malaysia, Indonesia and Thailand, but also Argentina, Denmark, Venezuela, USA, India and many other countries were part of my work area.

I wrote more then 61 articles on Heavy Transport & Lifting, which were published in the trade magazines: “International Cranes” and “Heavy Lift Project Forwarding International” and to which you can subscribe free of charge via my website: www.heavyliftspecialist.com/subscribe-to-articles-and-updates/

In 2001, I was asked to use my knowledge and experience to start a new activity within Jumbo: the present Jumbo Offshore. Because of the planned new building vessels, with delivery from 2004-2009, Jumbo wanted to develop new activities.That became Jumbo Offshore, whereby the shipment and installation of offshore structures are combined and can be executed by one and the same Heavy Lift Vessel (the so-called J-Class) under the motto: LIFT, SHIP, INSTALL- ALL IN ONE GO.

In order to improve Safety in the Transport, Lifting, Shipping & Offshore Industry, I started organizing Seminars and courses in 2008, in which I transfer my experience and “Know How” to others in the Industry. This Hand book is a collection of all 14 presentations, of the four day Seminar/Masterclass “Heavy Transport, Lifting, Shipping & Offshore”. The Seminar/Master Class has been presented up till now 94 times in 24 countries to more then 2200 participants.

I trust, this book and Seminar/Masterclass will assist you in developing you in your future career. It can be of great help when you have learned the basic principles of Handling Heavy Lifts Safely.

Finally, I want to thank all those of you, who have made pictures available to me and especially my wife Tonnie for her patience and support, while I was preparing this course.

Richard L.Krabbendam

Heavy Lift Specialist

Sixth Print: Jan. 2016